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Abuse, Silence, and the Light That Virginia Woolf Switched On

I was a child, still in elementary school, when it happened. For years afterwards it didn’t seem important. So I compulsively picked the skin of my …

Literature

Cooking with Émile Zola

In her Eat Your Words series, Valerie Stivers cooks up recipes drawn from the works of various writers.<p>It’s finally the season for the farmers market, which inspired me to dig out my copy of <i>The Belly of Paris</i> by Émile Zola (1840–1902), a book whose descriptions of the central Parisian market of Les …

Love Stories

Contraband Flesh: On Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon

Zora Neale Hurston’s previously unpublished anthropological text Barracoon will be released on May 8, 2018.<p>On May 10, 1928, Zora Neale Hurston wrote a letter to Alain Locke, the self-professed “dean” of the Harlem Renaissance and Hurston’s longtime collaborator, frequent pen pal, and sometimes …

Black History

Paris Review - John Fowles, The Art of Fiction No. 109

Interviewed by James R. Baker<p>Issue 111, Summer 1989<p>Photograph of John Fowles by Carolyn Djanogly<p>John Fowles was born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, on March 31, 1926. He attended Bedford School (1940–1944) and then served nearly two years in the Royal Marines. After his four years at Oxford (New College), …

Literature

Paris Review - Imperial Chrysanthemum

Belle Boggs<p>Issue 192, Spring 2010<p>Mrs. Cutie Young lives in two rooms and drives a 1982 Ford Country Squire with the wood stickers peeling off, but her silverware collection used to be worth thirty thousand dollars. I say <i>used to</i> because three weeks ago it was stolen right off the mahogany breakfront …

Dairy Queen

Paris Review - Roberto Calasso, The Art of Fiction No. 217

Interviewed by Lila Azam Zanganeh<p>Issue 202, Fall 2012<p>In Pyrgos, Greece, 1960.<p>Roberto Calasso is a literary institution of one. He has directed Adelphi, Italy’s most prestigious publishing house, for forty years, while publishing twelve books of his own, including an international best seller on …

Literature

Cooking with Angela Carter

In Valerie Stivers’s Eat Your Words series, she cooks up recipes drawn from the works of various writers.<p>The writer Angela Carter (1940–1992) had many guises as a novelist, fairy-tale writer, and feminist theorist but was always occupied with archetypes of womanhood; her heroines undergo dark, …

Ice Cream

May ’68: What Legacy?

Fifty years later, the time has come to take a measured look at the student-led protests that shook Paris in May 1968 and have occupied the French political imagination ever since.<p>Of the hundreds of books and essays published about the events of May 1968 in Paris, one of my favorite remains the …

Communist Party

Emperor of Concrete

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York<p>by Robert A. Caro<p>Knopf, 1,246 pp., $17.95<p>“When coming up from Richmond by the night train, Mr. …

Nassau County